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Kalakuta Show

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By the time of 1976's Kalakuta Show, Fela Kuti's releases seemed not so much like records as ongoing installments in one long jam, documenting the state of mind of Nigeria's leading contemporary musician and ideological/political dissenter. Thus, any one album works better on its own than it does when it has to bear comparison with the rest of his mountainous output. The track "Kalakuta Show" was unexceptional by his own standards, though it was a respectable lock-groove song that followed the usual graph of Kuti's song progressions. The lyrics, at any rate, go far outside the usual funk/pop spectrum, detailing his harassment at the hands of the Nigerian police. "Don't Make Garan Garan" was musically more effective, particularly in its use of the artist's characteristically eerie, out-of-sync-sounding electric keyboards.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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Kalakuta Show
00:14:32

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

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Don't Make Garan Garan
00:16:04

Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher

2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records

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By the time of 1976's Kalakuta Show, Fela Kuti's releases seemed not so much like records as ongoing installments in one long jam, documenting the state of mind of Nigeria's leading contemporary musician and ideological/political dissenter. Thus, any one album works better on its own than it does when it has to bear comparison with the rest of his mountainous output. The track "Kalakuta Show" was unexceptional by his own standards, though it was a respectable lock-groove song that followed the usual graph of Kuti's song progressions. The lyrics, at any rate, go far outside the usual funk/pop spectrum, detailing his harassment at the hands of the Nigerian police. "Don't Make Garan Garan" was musically more effective, particularly in its use of the artist's characteristically eerie, out-of-sync-sounding electric keyboards.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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